Friday, October 29, 2010

Why I ♥ Autumn

By Denise Swanson

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp cool weather, watching the leaves change, and swapping my capris and T-shirts for jeans and sweaters. This year I’m especially happy for the change in season. This past summer has been one wedding after another. While I usually adore weddings, after doing the extensive research for my April book, Murder of a Wedding Belle, I was already on wedding overload. But did that stop everyone and her sister from getting married this summer? No!

When the first invitation arrived, I was excited. A cousin I thought would never get married had found the love of his life and was taking the plunge. The event was a good hour from our house, but well worth the drive. Especially, since my other cousins and I had a pool going as to whether he would say, “I do” or run for the hills.

I was even kind of excited when the next invitation arrived. It was taking place in a beautiful theater and I was looking forward to seeing a wedding take place in this grand old building. But then I realized the event was taking place on a Friday night, which meant stuffing my husband into a suit the moment he arrived home from work and rushing to the location so we wouldn’t be walking down the aisle at the same time as the bridal party. It also happened to be about 110 degrees that day so I ended up looking like a melted scoop of strawberry ice cream. Yes, my outfit was pink.

Fast-forward through five more weddings—you heard me right FIVE—and my desire for a good piece of wedding cake has been used up, as has most of my appropriate summer wardrobe.

However, the big wedding was yet to come. My nephew’s nuptials in New Orleans. For this one we needed to drive thousands of miles (I hate flying). I also came to realize just how hard packing for a destination wedding could be. It took me four tries to find the right dress—elegant, but not fancy; dressy, but cool enough for the heat and humidity of NOLA in early September; and comfortable enough to survive the long day.

As it turned out, it was a beautiful ceremony and perhaps the best reception I’ve ever attended—certainly the best food. Still, after eight weddings, I’m happy for summer to end and autumn to begin. Surely there’s no one left to get married.

Oh, oh. What’s this large, stiff, white envelope in today’s mail? The stamps have two interlocking rings on them. That can’t be a good sign.


Lover of Books said...

I haven't had many weddings to go to lately. I had two in this past fall. One I was unable to attend due to my youngest was barely a month old. The second one was in town though. :)

Dru said...

I haven't been to a wedding in several years, but I'm glad Fall is here.

Merry Lu said...

WOW! That's a LOT of weddings. I'm afraid I would go broke buying gifts for them all.

I am enjoying our cooler weather, but for some reason we are having a shortage of beautiful fall colors this year. My neighbors have orange ghosts hanging from their porch, though, so we aren't totally without color.

Miki Willa said...

I haven't been to a wedding in a couple of years, but I think there may be one or two in the next year or so.
Fall is also my favorite time of year. I love the cool mornings, the changing colors, and the smells I associate with this time of year. Most people talk about spring being the beginning of the cycle of life. I think it is fall.

Debra said...

I love Fall too. I have a theory, in no way based on fact, that we love the season in which we were born and I was born in November. OT,Can I tell you how many people have asked me if my birthday falls on Thanksgiving? I keep saying, Thanksgiving is on the fourth thursDAY of November and my birthday is on the same DATE of the month each year.
I have not been to a wedding in a while,most of the nieces and nephews are not long out of college so I guess not ready to tie the knot?

Denise Swanson said...

I think it was both the number of weddings and the fact we'd been in wedding hiatus for several years that was the real shock to my system. It seems as if a lot of the children of my friends are now marriage age, as well as several cousins going for a second time around.

Heather Webber said...

I haven't been to a wedding in so long! Might be a good thing--I wouldn't have a thing to wear!

Thanks for being with us today, Denise!

Brenda Hyde said...

Wow, EIGHT weddings! That is amazing...I think the last wedding I went to was at least 5 years ago. I think I'd be very sick of wedding cake:)

Linda McDonald said...

My goodness that is a lot of weddings. Wow! I'd be burnt out on them too. It's been a while since I've been to a wedding. Last one was a few years ago....the daughter of long time friends of my husband. She had a white wedding gown on with black lace stitched into the bodice. She walked down the aisle to ACDC's "Back in Black." Made for a memory we won't forget.